The construction of the tenement house in 21 3 Maja and 10 Zgoda Street was commissioned by Piotr Cichoński and Henryk Zigenhirte. Earlier, Piotr Cichoński ran the restaurant “Ermitage” which was located in 39 Świętojańska Street. Later, together with Henryk Zigenhirte, they opened the restaurant “Georges” located in their building. It was obvious at the very early planning stage that the ground floor would be dedicated to business premises.
The construction started in 1937 and was completed only after the war, which obviously had an impact on the construction, as unfortunately it was not supervised by the architects.
The building’s corner location was used by its designers to create two interpenetrating structures. The lower one, facing Zgoda Street is highlighted with rows of balconies which protrude from the building’s wall. The balconies visually transition into ribbon windows. On this side, there is an entrance into one of the staircases as well as a gateway into the yard. The higher, three-storey structure has rows of ribbon windows. Between them, there are visible structural columns. The windows themselves are divided into four vertical sections in a really unique way. In 3 Maja Street there is an entrance into the main staircase with a vestibule.
The interior décor is dominated by black terrazzo which was used on the floor and stairs. It contrasts with the bright solid balustrade which is highlighted by the wooden handrail with a very simple form. The handrail does not emerge from the balustrade itself. It is in front of it, in 1/3 of its height and it stretches throughout the flight of stairs. This staircase has a beautiful clearance in the middle, which is emphasized by the contrast of its black and white elements. Its large windows let a lot of light into it. A beautiful detail on the landings deserves attention: the gold joint which highlights the outline of the four square terrazzo slabs. This creates a subtle geometrical image. In spite of its discreet form, it highlights the interior’s beauty fantastically.
The building had a luxurious character. Apart from high quality finishing materials, it had a lift or rooms for the servants and a caretaker.
The restaurant “George” which was established there was an exquisite one, even during the austere times of the Polish People’s Republic.
Piotr Cichoński and Henryk Zigenhirte’s Tenement House